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The Benefits of Going to the Farm or Zoo Park with your Child



If you’ve ever thought about spending an afternoon at the local farm, you’ll be offering far more to your child than just a nice day out. A visit to see the animals offers numerous advantages to your child’s development and understanding of the world.

 



Some farms offer hands-on experiences which are helpful to learn about caring for animals and treating them with respect and kindness. Your child will develop a natural compassion for animals. Animal farms are also a multisensory learning experience for your child. They will learn how different animals smell, the sounds they make and the way they feel and look. Farms can offer a real-life experience of what they have read about in their books at home.

 

By visiting a farm children begin to get an idea of the environment that animals need to survive. This leads to an understanding of the importance of caring for the environment to keep the homes of animals safe and protected. Your child will become much more aware of the concepts of eco-systems and their importance in the natural world.

 



This can lead to discussions about animal homes and habitats and our role in protecting the environment to ensure the safety of the animals we share the world with.

 

Visiting a farm can also offer exposure to new words and vocabulary. The variety of animals they will see encourages a wonder of animals and all the differences. From the names of the animals to the differences in how to care for them, and even how some animals have adapted to their environment; your child will be learning new concepts and an awareness of the wider world.

 



There are so many benefits to visiting an animal farm with your child. Not only are there numerous learning opportunities, but it is also a wonderful way to spend the day with your family.

 

Here are some local Farm Parks for you to visit with your child!

 

Kent Life

This real working farm showcases and breeds animals including sheep, cattle, pigs, donkeys, ferrets, ducks, geese and alpacas. Children can enjoy the Cuddle Corner for a hands-on animal experience with furry friends, as well as tractor rides and the chance to get creative in the Paint-A-Pot Studios.

Indoors there’s a soft play barn and Dotty’s Tea Room, which serves delicious homemade cakes and snacks.

 

Rare Breeds Centre Maidstone

It’s all about the animals at the Rare Breeds Centre, where you get the chance to meet creepy crawlies, birds of prey and much more.Set in 100 acres of grounds there’s a lot to see and do on this farm. Inside there’s a play barn and the children’s barn where you’ll meet goats, rabbits, ducks, cows and hens.

 

Capstone Farm Alpacas

Capstone Farm Alpacas is an attraction based within Medway's largest country park offering alpaca experiences. Whether it's a meet & greet experience you're after, or the chance to trek with the alpacas around the beautiful Capstone Valley, a memorable experience is guaranteed.

 

Halfway Petting Farm

Halfway Petting Farm on Isle of Sheppey is a working family farm that offers a more hands-on experience with their friendly animals, with a sensory play area.


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